Universal Electronics collaborates with Cirrent to deliver seamless Wi-Fi® set-up for the connected home

Cirrent's technology will be offered on our Smart Home digital assistant platform, Nevo® Butler, to automatically configure Wi-Fi and improve ease of use and security for Wi-Fi connected devices. Cirrent is a leading provider of software that enables product companies to make Wi-Fi products easier to use, more reliable, and more secure. Cirrent’s technology will be offered as a pre-integrated feature on Nevo® Butler to bring enhanced provisioning and network management to our customers.

Wi-Fi onboarding infrastructure service, pre-integrated into Nevo® Butler, extends home automation services, improves product set-up, connectivity and insights.

 

Nevo Butler is an end-to-end voice-enabled smart home hub with a built-in white label digital assistant that unifies entertainment control and home automation experiences, enabling interoperability across fragmented ecosystems. Nevo Butler platform and kits will be available to operators worldwide to offer voice-enabled entertainment experiences and smart home services to consumers while remaining in control of the customer relationship.

Complete Wi-Fi provisioning and IoT network intelligence solution...

 

By pre-integrating Cirrent’s technology into Nevo Butler, our customers will get access to Cirrent’s ZipKey® technology for fully automatic provisioning of Wi-Fi networks, radically simplifying the set up for end users.  Operators worldwide will be able to access Cirrent’s IoT Network Intelligence to automatically diagnose any Wi-Fi or network-related issues, taking the guesswork out of Wi-Fi setup and management for customers and operators.

...enables operators to remotely monitor network performance and diagnose performance issues to improve customer experience.

 

By adding ZipKey and IoT Network Intelligence to Nevo Butler products, we will be enabling operators worldwide to bring the benefits of ZipKey to subscribers, as Nevo Butler products may also act as ZipKey hotspots, allowing end customers to use ZipKey to onboard third party products -- simplifying the onboarding for home entertainment, security, appliances, and IoT products.

...simplifies onboarding for home entertainment, security, appliances, and IoT products.

 

“Cirrent raises the bar on Wi-Fi user experience for connected products.  Adding Cirrent technology to automate Wi-Fi provisioning was an easy decision for UEI.  Cirrent improves both the customer experience and the security of all of the Wi-Fi products in the home, which benefits both operators and consumers,” said Arsham Hatembeiki, SVP of Product and Technology at UEI.

“Wi-Fi ease of use and security are increasingly important issues for network operators,” said Rob Conant, CEO of Cirrent, “We’re delighted to partner with UEI to bring ZipKey and IoT Network Intelligence to network operators and broadband subscribers around the world.”

"... delighted to partner with UEI to bring ZipKey and IoT Network Intelligence to network operators and broadband subscribers around the world.”

 

Through partnerships with Cirrent, ZipKey products connect to the cloud automatically in more than 120 million homes. Network operator’s customers can connect ZipKey-enabled consumer electronics products automatically and securely to their broadband networks without entering network names or passwords, simplifying setup and improving the security of connected products. Cirrent’s solution also helps operators remotely monitor network performance and diagnose network performance issues, improving the customer experience.

Universal Electronics works with Firedome to bring enhanced cybersecurity features to digital assistant platform

We will be teaming up with Firedome Inc., the creators of the leading endpoint cybersecurity solutions for home IoT manufacturers, to include Firedome Home solution as part of our Nevo® Butler platform. Firedome Home adds cybersecurity protection, home digital diary, and enhanced remote customer support to our product.

IoT devices are "low hanging fruit” for attackers for their low cost of attack and lack of supervision, making them a common target by hackers.

 

Firedome's solutions are designed to close critical security gaps that are a byproduct of the IoT era. IoT devices have become “low hanging fruit” for attackers for their low cost of attack and lack of supervision, making them a common target by hackers. Cryptojacking, DDoS and ransomware attacks are only a few examples of cyber crimes that is threatening the home IoT ecosystem.

"Privacy and security have been the core foundation of Nevo Butler's design since inception, and are offered as a managed service rooted in hardware."

 

Nevo Butler is pre-integrated with Firedome Home to include advanced monitoring and insights derived from any connected device in the home environment. Firedome’s non-intrusive solution includes digital presence alerts, parental control mechanisms and network enhanced data. Offered as part of a marketplace of partner services, this capability can extend and compliment the physical security services offered in the safety & monitoring segments, as well as an enhanced digital well-being under broadband services.

“We are excited to join forces with Universal Electronics, the worldwide leader in universal control and sensing technologies for the smart home, to help enable service providers and device manufacturers become the home security gatekeeper, and enrich their value added services through our innovative, non-intrusive software-only solution.” says Moti Shkolnik, Firedome’s Co-founder and CEO.

"It is only logical for such a platform to not only offer physical security services, but also address the digital security of connected homes, and include cybersecurity as-a-service..."

 

“Privacy and security have been the core foundation of Nevo Butler's design since inception, and are offered as a managed service rooted in hardware. It is only logical for such a platform to not only offer physical security services, but also address the digital security of connected homes and include cybersecurity as-a-service to our customers, and end consumers.” says Arsham Hatambeiki, SVP Product and Technology, Universal Electronics Inc.

We will host product demonstrations for all our latest technologies and design concepts, and unveil our latest product, Nevo® Butler and related platform kits at booth #42325 in the Sands Expo at CES 2019 in Las Vegas from January 8-11 and will jointly showcase the combined solution with presentations and demos.  Nikki Ahmadi, Director of Cloud and Software Products; and Patrick Serrato, Director of Connected Home solutions will be available to discuss how Nevo Butler and curated kits and services can be used to introduce or expand offerings in a range of channels.

Ayla Networks selected by Universal Electronics to enhance the Smart Home experience

We are happy to team with Ayla Networks - Internet of Things (IoT) platform-as-a-service (PaaS) for Smart Home device manufacturers and service providers, to announce a new platform for the Smart Home where we will pre-integrate Ayla's platform with our world-leading QuickSet® Cloud  platform, and offer it through a resell service as part of a new line of Smart Home managed hardware solutions.

"... the new solutions from UEI will drive new services, innovative business models and rapid time to value from data analytics.” said Jonathan Cobb, CEO of Ayla Networks.

 

The relationship, which will officially launch at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, will allow us to further solidify our footprint in the rapidly growing IoT space by expanding our portfolio of home sensing, monitoring, and control solutions to include industry-leading device management and application enablement capabilities from Ayla Networks. Together, we will accelerate the transformation of the Smart Home market, bringing core technology and end-to-end applications to enable quick time-to-value and an elevated customer experience.

Nevo Butler is an end-to-end voice-enabled Smart Home hub with built-in white label digital assistant that unifies entertainment control and home automation experiences, enabling interoperability across fragmented ecosystems. Powered by QuickSet Cloud, Nevo Butler delivers a versatile monitoring and control digital assistant solution for the home, capable of addressing a wide range of devices and use cases, ranging from voice control of an existing installed base of devices, to innovative new Cloud services. With a customizable digital assistant front-end, enterprise-level integration services and an expanding ecosystem of add-on services, this platform allows service providers and consumer electronics brands to bring voice-enabled services to their customers while remaining in control of the consumer relationship.

Available as kits that address specific channel needs, Nevo Butler can be bundled with a range of certified devices including Ecolink® sensors, offering safety and security, energy management and hospitality applications, in addition to voice-enabled universal entertainment control.

Together, we will accelerate the transformation of the Smart Home market, bringing core technology and end-to-end applications to enable quick time-to-value and an elevated customer experience.

 

“This landmark partnership is the latest example of how the Ayla platform can seamlessly combine with leading Smart Home solution providers to create winning products,” said Jonathan Cobb, CEO of Ayla Networks. “Ayla Networks has always stood for accelerating IoT-led transformation, and the new solutions from UEI will drive new services, innovative business models and rapid time to value from data analytics.”

Arsham Hatambeiki, UEI’s SVP Product & Technology said, “The Ayla partnership represents an important step toward our goal to be the leader in control and sensing technologies for the Smart Home. This collaboration strengthens our position in the existing Smart Home business by allowing us to simplify the IoT device management and onboarding process, allowing us to expand our offerings to equipment manufacturers in HVAC.”

"This collaboration strengthens our position in the existing Smart Home business by allowing us to simplify the IoT device management and onboarding process, helping us expand our offerings to equipment manufacturers in HVAC."

 

The Smart Home market is projected to have accelerated growth over the next five years, driven by several factors, including advancements in communication technologies; consumer interest in home automation and monitoring; a push for energy conservation; and the growth of utility and government-sponsored programs. According to data from Navigant Research, the global market is expected to double in size, from $1.1 billion in 2016 to $2.2 billion in 2020, with the largest growth forecasted in North America.

Ayla Networks and UEI will participate at CES 2019 in Las Vegas from January 8-11 and will jointly showcase the combined solution with presentations and demos. Nikki Ahmadi, Director of Cloud and Software Products; and Patrick Serrato, Director of Connected Home solutions will be available to discuss how Nevo Butler and curated kits and services can be used to introduce or expand offerings in a range of channels.